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Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Georgians educated themselves for Air Quality Awareness Week

    The Clean Air Campaign and Governor Nathan Deal will kick off Air Quality Awareness Week on April 30, according to The Weekly. The national movement is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, which hopes to promote education and encourage green practices on the part of businesses and individuals.

    In Georgia and across the nation, sustainable commuting practices such as biking, public transportation and carpooling is being promoted as a small act with a big impact.

    "Air Quality Awareness Week is a reminder that small actions can make an immediate, positive impact on the air we all breathe," said Tedra Cheatham, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign. "Commuters, employers and schools all play a role in this issue because in many areas of Georgia, half of smog-forming emissions come from vehicle tailpipes."

    Unhealthy air quality can increase a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke and some forms of cancer and exasperate respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Homeowners concerned about their health may wish to invest in a home air purifier and educate themselves on smart practices to reduce exposure.

  • New York air quality improving

    According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, 3.2 million New Yorkers have something to celebrate. The annual State of the Air report for 2012 indicates six of 34 Empire State counties had unhealthy air quality, which is significantly fewer than the 16 that failed in 2011, claims the Star Gazette.

    "These improvements in air quality are to be applauded because cleaner air saves lives," said Jeff Seyler, president of the American Lung Association in the Northeast, in a statement, according to the news source. "But make no mistake, air pollution in our communities continues to be a major threat that cuts lives short, routinely sends people to the hospital and makes it hard to breathe."

    While this improvement in multiple counties across the state is applaudable, it is not nearly enough. Numerous families are still suffering long-term exposure to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Homeowners concerned about their health can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins within their home. Air pollution can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart attack and exasperate respiratory illnesses. Improve your health by purchasing the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • Hess to spend $46 million to settle air pollution allegations

    Allegations filed against Hess Corp. by the Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the company increased harmful emissions has been resolved. Hess had been accused of violating the Clean Air Act by making unauthorized modifications to its petroleum refinery in Port Reading, New Jersey.

    The energy company has agreed to spend more than $45 million in new pollution controls and will pay an additional $850,000 in civil penalties.

    “This agreement will improve air quality for New Jersey residents by requiring Hess to install advanced pollution control and monitoring technology and adopt more stringent emission limits,” Ignacia Moreno, the head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources division, said in a statement.

    The new controls are estimated to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 181 tons a year. High levels of these pollutants have a significant impact on the health and well-being of residents and increase smog levels. Concerned homeowners can invest in a home air purifier to reduce exposure, which can exasperate respiratory conditions or increase a person’s risk of stroke or heart attack.

  • California air quality has improved in last decade

    According to a report released by a state association of regional air district officers, California air pollution reached unhealthy levels less often in 2011 than a decade prior, reports ABC KGO-TV San Francisco. The report shows that 2011 had 74 percent fewer days of “unhealthy air” across the state compared to 2000.

    "We recognize that we have a long way to go in some of these air districts, but we have made a lot of progress," said Kenneth Koyama, executive director of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, which published the report. "Some districts have gone down to one unhealthy day in the past year for air-quality purposes, and others have actually had zero unhealthy days."

    However, while unhealthy air pollution levels have decreased significantly in the past decade, many California cities feature poor air quality. Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier. Units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifier can reduce long-term exposure to toxins that are known to irritate respiratory illnesses such as asthma, decrease lung function, increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and even cancer.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency issues its first air pollution standard for "fracking"

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the first national standard to reduce air pollution linked to hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday, reports The controversial practice commonly referred to as "fracking" forces fluid into a well to break rocks and release natural gas.

    The new standards will take full effect in 2015, and it is estimated that they will drastically cut the production of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which contribute to smog by 190,000 to 290,000 tons and  add 12,000 to 15,000 tons of benzene to the atmosphere annually.

    "[The standards] will reduce smog-forming air pollution along with cancer-causing air toxins," said Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the news source. "Smog formation has been linked to various health ills including asthma attacks, emergency room visits and premature deaths."

    Homeowners located near fracking well sites can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals. While the new regulation will decrease emissions of VOCs from wells by 95 percent, according to Bloomberg, they won’t completely go into effect until 2015. Unfortunately, even three years of exposure can lead to negative health effects.

  • Pregnant mothers' exposure to air pollution may boost risk of obesity in kids

    In a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University have linked exposure to air pollution during pregnancy to an increased chance of obese children, reports Time.

    Common chemicals referred to as endocrine disruptors are included in air pollution compounds such as BPA, phthalates and parabens and can interfere with the production of hormones such as estrogen.

    "Obesity is really, really complicated. I think we have to embrace the idea that the obesity epidemic is not just about you and me making personal choices that are not good for us, or moms making bad choices for kids. It’s a far more complicated problem than that, and environmental chemicals may play a role as one piece of the problem," Andrew Rundle, study researcher and associate professor of epidemiology, told the news source.

    For those who live in urban areas or near highways, there is a chance that increased long-term exposure to air pollutants will lead to health problems. Protect yourself and your children with a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce the presence of toxins in the home.

  • New study indicates a link between air pollution and tuberculosis

    Findings in a recent study correlate a potential link between exposure to common urban air pollutants and a change in the function of immune cells required to protect the body from bacteria that causes tuberculosis, reports Zee News.

    According to scientists from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, exposure to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) suppresses the function of phagocytic immune cells (blood cells that ingest foreign particles such as bacteria) on a cellular level.

    "In laboratory experiments using DEP generated from an automobile diesel engine as model air pollutant particles, and blood samples gathered from 20 healthy individuals, we demonstrated that exposure to DEP makes cells less responsive," Dr. Stephan Schwander, lead researcher of the study, told the news source.

    Homeowners living in urban airs concerned with the health risks linked to air pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce risk by limiting exposure. Breathing in contaminated air that is rife with pollutants such as diesel exhaust particles can irritate respiratory conditions, lead to the development of asthma, some cancers and increase stroke and heart attack risk. To keep you and your family safe, purchase an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • EPA proposes new national air pollution standard

    The Environmental Protection Agency proposed updated regulations to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants. It is the first step toward facilitating the development of new technology and safety controls. By creating these standards, corporations will have the incentive to improve the performance and integration of the advancements in new power plants that are not yet online.

    "Today we’re taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us into a new era of American energy," said EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put into our skies – and the health and economic threats of a changing climate continue to grow."

    If you’re concerned about the negative impacts of older power plants on you health and that of your family, invest in a home air purifier. These new national standards proposed by the EPA are only in the first stage of planning and have rounds of challenges, evaluations and development in store for them in the coming years. By the time they are fully in use, your long-term exposure to smog and harmful pollutants could have already negatively impacted your health. Purchase the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier – it’s an investment in yourself.

  • Jefferson Twp. plant under review for air quality violations

    The Jefferson Twp. plant, owned by Clean Water Ltd., is under review again by the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) for violating a 2007 consent decree requiring the plant to limit the materials it accepts for processing, reports the Dayton Daily News.

    The plant accepted the task of recycling 58,060 gallons of refinery oil, which included high levels of smelly hydrogen sulfide in February – causing an increase in complaints from locals. Company officials claim processing improvements are being made to reduce further nuisance. However, the RAPCA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon be looking over the plant’s processes.

    "Either [earlier] measures weren’t followed or they weren’t good enough," RAPCA Administrator John Paul told the Dayton Daily News. "They are to tell us how they’re to correct the problem. We’re not satisfied with the progress they’ve made to date."

    Locals in the area have complained in the past of strong odors and fumes causing nausea, headaches, dizziness and breathing problems. Residents can invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas home air purifier to address the hazardous smells and toxins and improve health by reducing exposure to harmful substances.

  • Deadline extended on drilling-related air pollution standards

    The court-ordered deadline of April 3 for New Source Performance Standards to reduce pollution from oil and gas drilling was extended to April 17 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed rules involve several technologies previously not subject to federal regulations, such as hydraulic fracturing, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

    The new rules would result in the reduction of toxic emissions such as volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the wells required for fracking. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other industry leaders are trying to post pone the deadline for years or gain exemption from specific components.

    "I want to be clear that we are not opposing the rule but stating that the rule needs to change in key areas to avoid negative impacts to domestic production and job creation,” said Jack Gerard, API president and chief executive officer.

    Investing in a home air purifier can drastically reduce a family’s long-term exposure to toxic chemicals that can have dehabilitating effects and even be fatal. The IQAir GC MultiGas addresses the chemicals and oil and gas drilling can release to improve inhabitant’s overall health.

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